Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here Comes Your 19th Ballot Challenge

Lake County is breaking records this week, and your LakeCountyEye is not referring to the weather. As readers of this blog are exceptionally aware ...
The Stand-In Corrected
Louis Atsaves, the Moraine Township Republican Chair, has recently filed a number of ballot objections against some independent and third party candidates. And by some, your LakeCountyEye means an impressive nineteen candidates:

Illinois State Board of Elections
Latest Objections Filed
All told, these are ballot objections filed against a slate of Libertarian Party candidates, a slate of Constitution Party candidates, and Independent candidates for Governor/Lt Governor/US Senator.

To put that in perspective, if all nineteen candidates are thrown off the ballot, there will be enough players for a major league ballgame, including the home plate umpire.

Ballot objectors tend to be mercenaries who -- not unlike natural selection -- act to eliminate the young, the old, the infirm from the herd. Your election ballot is not messy and cluttered up with unnecessary candidates, thanks to the work of the hired ballot objector.

Back in the day, your LakeCountyEye was asking anywhere between $500 and $1000 to sign a ballot objection. The real objecting Parties could buy themselves some anonymity, that way -- and your LakeCountyEye would get to intone some cool sound bites like "that candidate could not even meet the minimum requirements specified by law -- it's everybody's civic duty to see he is not on the ballot!"

Of course, 19 challenges in one election cycle exceeds anything ever contemplated by your LakeCountyEye. With that kind of money, your LakeCountyEye would be blogging from a Key West houseboat now. Louis Atsaves, your LakeCountyEye is in awe.

Maybe there is money to be made in politics, after all.

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